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BOTOX® Cosmetic is a relatively safe procedure. Occasional side effects do occur. BOTOX® lasts two to four months, or longer if used consistently over a period of years, especially if re-injected before full motion resumes. Interestingly, BOTOX® is found to alleviate migraine headaches when injected between the eyebrows.
About Dr. Darm Botox
Few people own a trademark. Dr. Jerry Darm of Aesthetic Medicine owns three. He pioneered the trademark procedures of LaserLift and LipoLift, which use noninvasive and minimally invasive techniques, respectively, to smooth fine lines and banish excess fat. Most recently, Dr. Darm added a third trademarked treatment: MiniLift . The LaserLift procedure reverses damage caused by exposure to the sun, free radicals, and gravity malfunctions by regenerating collagen and tightening the skin with laser wavelengths. LipoLift destroys fat with a laser that melts fat cells through a small incision and allows them to be removed more gently than with traditional liposuction. The MiniLift is performed only by a board-certified plastic surgeon and is available only at Aesthetic Medicine. In the new Lake Oswego location that boasts more than 14,000 square feet, Dr. Darm helps patients feel beautiful in other ways, including combating spider veins with laser therapy or sclerotherapy and keeping wrinkles at bay with injectable fillers. The center’s weight-loss program helps patients shed pounds under the guidance of medical specialists and dieticians.
Additionally, Dr. Darm and Aesthetic Medicine are proud supporters of the Oregon Humane Society.
Botox or Natural Skin Care?
On April 15, 2002 , the FDA approved Botox® to treat wrinkles and fine lines. Botox® was first approved in December 1989 to treat two specific eye muscle disorders, “Blepharospasm” and “Strabismus” and subsequently approved in December 2000 to treat Cervical Dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder contractions.
To gain the approval for use with wrinkles and fine lines, a clinical study involving 405 mostly women over 50 with moderate to severe wrinkles and fine lines were injected with Botox® cosmetic and after 30 days frown lines were evaluated. The frown lines were eliminated for approximately 120 days at which time re-injection was required. The FDA guidelines were Botox treatments to incur no more frequently than once every three months and the lowest effective dose should be used.
The study highlighted the following common adverse side effects:
- Respiratory infection
- Flu symptoms
- Droopy eyelids
Less frequent but adverse reactions in approximately 3% of patients included pain in the face, redness at the injection site, and muscle weakness. While the adverse reactions were termed temporary, they could last months.
The FDA approved Botox® as a prescription drug, thus, requiring medical supervision. The actual name for Botox® cosmetic is Botulinum Toxin Type A, it’s actually produced from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum.
What actually occurs is an injectible form of sterile purified toxin, in a very small dose, is injected into the affected muscles to block and release the chemical acetylcholine, that would otherwise cause contraction in the muscle. The toxin actually paralyzes the injected muscle.
Interestingly, the Botulinum Toxin has been known for centuries. As early as 1895, a professor (Emile Pierre van Ermengem of Ellezelles , Belgium ) identified the original toxin from Bacterium Bacilus Botulinus. It was later renamed in the 1920’s as Botulinum Toxin Type A, generic name Botox®, which is a registered trademark. Dr. Herman Sommer, at the University of California San Francisco subsequently provided the data sufficient for future medical studies.
In the 1950’s, Dr. Vernon Brooks discovered that the Botulinum Toxin, when injected directly into an active or hyperactive muscle included the release of acetylcholine from motor nerve endings, thus, inducing a temporary paralysis of a targeted muscle.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, Dr. Alan Scott, M.D. of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Foundation began effectiveness testing with monkeys to determine if the drug might have effective therapeutic modalities.
For the next 20-30 years, Dr. Scott collaborated with Dr. Schantz of the University of Wisconsin to further develop product samples.
In the late 1970’s, Dr. Scott formed a company named Oculinum, where he continued to study the drug with monkeys and in 1978 received permission from the Food & Drug Administration to test on human clinical studies. In 1988, Allergan acquired the rights to distribute Dr. Scott’s Botox® Toxin Type A product. The current manufacturer, Allergan Inc., is located in Irvine , California .
Current side effects in actual applications are as follows (as a % of total side effects):
· Upper Respiratory Infection – 11%
· Neck Pain – 11%
· Headache – 11%
· Drooping Eyelids – 21%
· Eye Dryness – 6%
· All others – 40%
In summary, Botox treatments are being used to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines, but are they a healthier treatment than natural skin care?
 FDA T02-20 April 15, 2002
 Schantz, EJ, Historical Perspective EDS. Therapy with Botulinum Toxin New York, New York, Marcelle Dekker Inc. 1994
 Schantz EJ, Johnson EA, Botox® Toxin Persp Biomed 1997; 40 (4) 317327
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Dr. Jerry Darm was featured in one of the local TV stations in Portland, Oregon. He tells us what BOTOX Cosmetic can do to temporarily get rid of the wrinkles between the eyes, forehead, and the crow’s feet.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).
Dr. Darm was asked to participate and share his insights about the growing popularity of plastic and cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Jerry Darm of Aesthetic Medicine in Lake Oswego has been invited by members of the Chinese medical community to speak at a conference of medical professionals in Beijing China regarding the growing demand for cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures throughout Asia and the Far East.
Known for running one of the largest Aesthetic & Cosmetic medical practices in North America, Dr. Jerry Darm has been invited to participate in a series of conferences and speaking engagements at several hospitals and medical facilities located throughout China.
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Botox or Dysport injection temporarily disable the muscles that cause frown lines and other moderate-to-severe wrinkles.
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Limit 1 per person. Valid only for option purchased. 24-hour cancellation notice required. Valid for forehead, crows feet, glabellar, brow lift, or chin. All services must be used by same person. May redeem across visits.
Choose from Four Options
- $99 for 15 units of Botox or 50 units of Dysport for one area (a $175 value)
- $180 for 30 units of Botox or 100 units of Dysport for two areas (a $350 value)
- $359 for 60 units of Botox or 200 units of Dysport for four areas (a $700 value)
- $539 for 90 units of Botox or 300 units of Dysport for six areas (a $1,050 value)
Injection appointments take about 30 minutes and can be administered around the forehead, crow’s feet, glabella, brows, or chin, where it works to stop wrinkles in motion. Additional units may be required for optimal results. Unused units may be redeemed at future visits.
Brilliant Distinctions Program. When you register, you’ll automatically be entered in the Brilliant Distinctions® Points Program, which rewards you with points each time you receive a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment from a participating physician. Redeem them for dollars off on select ALLERGAN® products and services, or donate them to a charity. The more you participate, the greater the rewards.